The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation conducted its fall Scholarship Recognition Ceremony Tuesday Evening in Johnny Rapert Auditorium.  The ceremony celebrated the great partnerships between donors and students.  These valuable partnerships have allowed many students to pursue higher education by helping them overcome the financial burden of attending college via privately funded scholarships through the UACCH Foundation.  During the ceremony 56 scholarships valued at over $50,000 were awarded. 

Chancellor Thomason thanked the donors for their generous contributions to the Foundation and issued a challenge to the students.  Thomason said, “I challenge you, students, to not leave here tonight just a scholarship recipient, but to leave here committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity this scholarship has provided to you and your family, and to commit to becoming a college graduate.”  

Among the many scholarships awarded during the ceremony, the first Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship was presented to Saulena Anderson.  This new endowed scholarship was given by Kimberly Sweat, to honor her husband Ronald Sweat, upon his retiring as a public educator at Blevins Public Schools.  Anderson, the scholarship recipient, had been a student of Sweat’s during his tenure at Blevins and is now able to further her education atUACCH through this scholarship. 

The evening was full of great stories of success and overcoming challenges to follow the dream and goal of higher education.  UACCH applauds the students for their dedication to higher education and the donors for their giving hearts.  

Pictured left to right: UACCH Chancellor, Chris Thomason, Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship Recipient, Saulena Anderson, Kyla Sweat Hamilton, and Scholarship Honoree, Ronald Sweat.